Election 2008


Kennedy Joins Obama Camp

January 30, 2008 02:16 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Sen. Edward Kennedy joins his niece Caroline Kennedy and his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy in endorsing Barack Obama for the presidency.

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The Nation reports that prior to announcing the endorsement, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) had become increasingly frustrated with the Clintons' "campaign tactics." These included comments with seemingly racial connotations.
In Charleston, S.C., Bill Clinton said that his wife Hillary could lose to Obama because of race. “They are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender,” he said. “And that’s why people tell me Hillary doesn’t have a chance of winning here.”

Then on Jan. 26, the former president compared Obama to Jesse Jackson, who ran for president in 1984 and 1988 and won South Carolina each time, yet lost the nomination.

Obama won the South Carolina primary that same day with approximately 55 percent of the vote.

The Los Angeles Times attributes Obama’s win largely to his ability to attract the black vote: four out of five black voters cast their ballot for Obama compared with one in four white voters.

Headline Links: The Kennedys back Obama

Sen. Edward Kennedy endorsement
Caroline Kennedy

Background: Obama wins South Carolina; Bill Clinton's comments

Opinion: Bill Clinton as bane and boon to Hillary’s campaign


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